Posted in To Do | music on September 4, 2009

The bell underwater (Gene Ritter via NYTimes)

Visitors to Coney Island this weekend will once again be able to visit Dreamland amusement park. A representative for Thor Equities, Dreamland's landlord, says the park will reopen tonight. Thor shuttered the amusement park two weeks ago, saying the owners had not paid rent for several months. The park's owner challenged the eviction in court. According to Thor Equities, the deal was brokered by City Councilman Domenic Recchia. The city is working with Thor's owner, Joe Sitt, to purchase most of the land he owns to make way for a massive redevelopment plan approved by the City Council in July.

Meanwhile, officials announced yesterday that a relic of Coney Island's golden era that had been recovered from the ocean floor after nearly a century will be on display this weekend. The 500-pound brass bell tumbled into the Atlantic during a fire at Dreamland Park in 1911. The bell, which was discovered in 25 feet of water by a diver nearly a year ago, was pulled from the water this week.

The bell used to ring to announce the arrivals and departures of steamboats from the pier.The Coney Island staff plans to display the bell at the Coney Island History Project free exhibition center this Labor Day weekend. The 1911 fire burned for 18 hours, completely destroying Dreamland Park. [NY1]

Visitors to Coney Island this weekend can also take in a plehthora of burlesque, rockabilly and sideshow acts (poster below).




Comments (4)

That is way too cool about the bell being found. Can't believe it took so long to find it!

Posted by Aimee | September 4, 2009 12:15 PM

Since when did Thor Mehquities become landlords of Coney Island?

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2009 12:26 PM

We're pleased to announce the Bell will on special exhibition this weekend at the Coney Island History Project under the Cyclone roller coaster.

The History Project’s free public exhibition center is located under the Cyclone at 824 Surf Avenue just east of W 10th Street. FREE ADMISSION for One and ALL! The center is open for Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 5-7). Hours are 1 to 6 p.m.

Posted by Coney Island History Project | September 4, 2009 1:21 PM

good good

Posted by شات | August 23, 2010 11:38 PM

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